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TCT-TV Video Clip

Posted in Music, Videos on June 22, 2007 by christopherhopper

Watch Jennifer & Christopher perform “Words Cannot Describe” (Jennifer Hopper Music; AireFire Music ©2007) recorded live on TCT-TV, June 14th 2007.

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LIVE Recording, Book Parties, & More!

Posted in Community, General, Ministry, Music, Tour Dates on May 17, 2007 by christopherhopper

Greetings all,

Wanted to let everyone know about some exciting events scheduled for June.

LIVE Recording June 8th & 9th

First off, I’m pleased to announce two musical evenings with special guest guitarist Paul Rohling from Michigan. We’ll be performing acoustic, duet-guitar, all-new music on Friday June 8th and Saturday June 9th at The Lyric Coffee House in Clayton, NY. Even more exciting, this will be recorded live and put out as a duet album slated for a fall release. Please come out either or both nights. We’re hoping to get a packed house.

The Lion Vrie Book Release Events

Book II in The White Lion Chronicles is less than one month from arrival. And we’re having two very special events to celebrate!

The first will be Friday June 15th at The Tab in Buffalo, NY starting at 7pm. I’ll be leading worship and speaking for my dear friends and partners in ministry, Brad and Robin Ringer. I’ll also be presenting the new book and doing a reading. For more information, please contact Pure For God at: 716-312-8363

Next, on Saturday June 16th we’ll be having a party back at The Lyric in Clayton, NY. Complete with food, coffee, music, and a reading, this is a night you won’t want to miss.

Obviously the book will be for sale at each, so don’t miss your chance to be among the first to own it. (You can even get it signed if you want!).

In Rochester June June 29th

On Friday, June 29th, CHB will be performing at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY at 8:00pm in the Cultural Arts Center. For more information, please contact Pastor Eric Young: (716) 532-544, or e-mail: nequiz@adelphia.net

Thanks for reading!

CH

Why we do what we do

Posted in General, Ministry, Music, On Writing on March 9, 2007 by christopherhopper

In Teresa Slack’s latest post she posed a wonderful question, though she rightly states that it wasn’t hers to ask, but one put forth by some of her readers: “How have you changed with the writing of this book?”

When I read that I was a bit taken aback and thought about it for a moment as if it was being asked of me. How have I been changed? And if I would be allowed to expand the scope of the context to include my CDs and paintings, well then I really have a lot to ponder.

I think one of the main issues derived from the process of distilling all the art that I’ve been a part of creating, whether in part or in whole, would be a single word: motive. And my own analysis of the word rather shocks me.

A Christian’s first response, whether realized in full or in part, is always, “To glorify God.” And I don’t state that for any other reason than that’s what scripture requires of us (1 Corinthians 10:31). I have struggled with my motives all of my Christian walk. And I probably always will because I walk around in a continually deteriorating sack of skin that is constantly at enmity with God (Romans 8:7). This topic (and its history throughout my life) is a post within itself.

But it’s my second thought that I want to briefly discuss today.

Found deep within the womb of my spirit, divided between the essence of my created soul and the God-breathed elements of my eternal self, lies a divine quality imbued innately from my Creator: to myself create.

In every artist there comes a pregnant pause, a profound yet fleeting moment that captures our imagination and deposits seeds. Many are lost or forgotten, but there is always at least one that takes root, and given the proper encouragement, will manifest and bare the intended fruit.

There is not a moment in my life where I was not constantly investing, creating, imagining, and wondering. Now an adult, my parents confess to me their own wonder at how prolific I was in “doing things.” Whether a new Lego creation, a cardboard-box-and-duct-tape space craft, a non-code tree fort, or a stapled together comic book series to end all others, I was always making something.

Some may say I was over active. Some may have tried to slap a medical label on me (an error we make too often as a society). Others may have even called me a “dreamer.” They never knew how right they were.

When you become intimately connected to the divine nature of creativity, you can’t help but create something; its very DNA is designed to prolifically propagating life, a characteristic shared only by God and mankind.

The fact is that I am changed each and every time I write a book, write a song, or paint a picture. Something in me grows a little closer to Christ, and becomes a little more like my Father. I feel His glory when I breathe life into something–I feel I’m being just like my Daddy.

In the creation of art, we have a divine opportunity to become more like our Maker. I believe fashioning something from nothing is one of the most innate and intrinsic privileges we have as human beings. I create as He creates.

Such a privilege is it, in fact, and once again pointing to God’s limitless mercy, that He even allows the unbeliever to participate in it.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.

CH

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Will The Man Who Loves Jesus Please Stand Up?

Posted in Ministry, Music on February 22, 2007 by christopherhopper

jonny-lang-2.jpgOne of my guys in youth group recently handed me a CD simply saying, “Dude, you’ve got to check this guy out.” Like most things I’m given, it got put on “the stack.” Needless to say, it was a good month before I listened to it.

The music really impressed me. But being signed with Interscope Records, it should. Clean, tight, and extremely well written.

Then something hit me with the words. Something major. Each song, every song, seemed like it was either talking about Jesus, or encouraging people to dream, two things you don’t hear very much about today. “Maybe this guy is a Christian…” I thought.

But it couldn’t be.

Could it?

While my wife was grocery shopping and I was sitting in the truck with the kids, I fell upon the song that encapsulates his testimony, and it hides nothing. I’m not going to spoil it by telling you the track name. Don’t worry. You’ll find it. And when you do you’ll be as amazed as I was.

When Jennifer got back in the car, I ran in to the auto parts store, but I started the track over so I know she’d hear it when she turned the CD player back on.

When I came back five minutes later, she was in tears.

“Who is this?”

May I present Jonny Lang, a man I wish I knew personally just to shake his hand and say “thank you.” And the album of course is the Grammy Award winning Turn Around. A quick read through of his bio and subsequent visit to his website will portray what we’ve come to know in the US as a first-class act, full of talent, success, and prestige. Yet, upon further investigation, you’ll discover so much more.

This guitar-playing, song-belting virtuoso got saved. Radically saved. And he’s not ashamed of it. A brief read through of his testimony will put any sceptics to shame. This guy is the real deal. He’s had an encounter with the Holy Ghost.

His music has been blessing me non-stop. And the most amazing thing: he’s still signed to Interscope, yet his stuff is, in my opinion, more Christ-centered than most things I’ve heard out of CCM in a long time. Original. Authentic. Classy. And need I say I thought he was black?

Granted, my praise of the guy get added to the already long list of endorsements, including Eric Clapton, B.B. King , and Buddy Guy. But mine would be of a different sort. Yes, he’s an amazing singer, song-writer, and guitarist.

But, thank you, Jonny Lang, for being willing to use the amazing platform you’ve been given to create phenomial art that makes the whole world notice, not just a whole niche. Thank you for standing up. My hat is off to you and I look forward to meeting you one day, either here or in glory. I’m proud to be your brother in Christ. You have my thoughts and prayers always.

CH

iTunes

Posted in Music on January 19, 2007 by christopherhopper

Hopper iTunes

Just a quick note to let everyone know that the Hopper’s have finally hit iTunes. All of my albums as well as Jennifer’s new one are all offered on the well known music site. Our contract also has our music on over 250 other web-based music sites as well, including Napster, Yahoo eMusic, and many more.

Been a long time coming, but we’re very excited to offer you this cool option.

Happy downloading!

CH